Robbie Elliott

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Robbie Elliott, the popular left-back who enjoyed two spells with Newcastle United, has announced plans to cycle more than 3,500 miles to raise funds for two cancer charities.

Bike For Bobby was launched on Wednesday, and will see Elliott - together with his friend, the triathlete Phil Gray - ride non-stop from Lisbon to Newcastle via Porto, Barcelona, Eindhoven, Ipswich and London. Sir Bobby Robson managed clubs in all seven cities, including England and Fulham who are based in the capital.

The pair will start the event in October with the aim of collecting money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Aiming to complete the challenge within four weeks, they will cycle as many as 150 miles a day.

Elliott was brought back to Newcastle for a second time by Sir Bobby, and the route will be finalised when the English and European football fixture lists are revealed in the summer.

Speaking at the launch, which also saw the unveiling of the Robbie Elliott Foundation, the former England under-21 international explained that he does not even own a bike but had been planning to raise money for charities involved in the research and treatment of cancer for some time after losing family and friends to the illness.

After meeting Newcastle fan and charity runner Mark Allison, also known as Run Geordie Run, who embarked on a run across America last year, Elliott was inspired to embark upon the bike ride.

It is hoped that Elliott and Gray will arrive at the Sports Direct Arena on a home match day at the end of their trek.

Coming on nufc.co.uk on Thursday - Robbie Elliott talks about Sir Bobby Robson, his new foundation, his old club's chances of qualifying for Europe and more...